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- On March 22, 2016
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Nowadays, there seems to be a trend of people who think that the effects of marijuana are relatively harmless. While it is true that marijuana is a far less dangerous substance than many other illicit street substances, this is inherently misleading. Marijuana is still a drug that is highly abused around the country, and it has the capacity to negatively impact the mental and physical capacity of the people who use it. While there needs to be a big conversation about how we continue to look at marijuana addiction and the intense, and counterproductive, criminalization that has happened over the past few decades, it’s important not to become ignorant about how the impact that marijuana has on our bodies. Here are some effects of marijuana abuse…
One of the primary ways that marijuana works against our bodies is by manipulating the ways that our brain is able to perceive what is happening around us. Marijuana abuse has been shown to give users poor hand-eye coordination and reflexes. It also makes it harder to activate thoughts in your brain, thus giving marijuana addicts a side-effect of bad memory. Marijuana accomplishes these effects by loading concentrated amounts of THC into the brain, which causes the brain’s processing power to slow down. This negative impact on users’ perceptions can make it hard to interact, constructively, with the rest of the world, and can be destructive to work, relationships, and general living skills.
Marijuana is not just a mental drug, however, it also has several negative effects on our physical bodies. Excessive marijuana abuse will cause a drastic rise in the user’s heartbeat, which can cause anxiety and panic. Marijuana use also causes the user to experience an unusually high appetite (often called the “munchies”). This can put marijuana addicts at incredibly high risk of eating disorders. Altogether, this can be a recipe for bad heart health and, coupled with mental inhibitions, a recipe for heart attacks.
Withdrawals from the sedation
Contrary to popular belief, people actually so experience withdrawals from marijuana. Effects of these withdrawals occur because the addict is used to a certain level of calming sedation, the lack thereof makes dealing with life issues more unbearable. These effects can include irritability, insomnia, an incredibly low appetite (which also contributes to eating disorders), and intense marijuana cravings.